US World Cup ladder, version 3.0

Now that the US has qualified for the World Cup, it’s time to update the World Cup ladder. There are a couple of things that must be taken into account. The first is that Charlie Davies is, in all likelihood, not going to play in South Africa, despite a terrific summer and first couple months of the season in France. That is due, of course, to his injuries sustained in a car accident. the second is that Oguchi Onyewu tore his patellar tendon, meaning he’ll be out for 3-4 months. Assuming the worst, he’ll be back with AC Milan in mid-February 2010; if he looks good in training and gets some playing time, there is no doubt he’ll start for the US in June in South Africa. If, however, he continues to play 1 of every 10 games, he might not play right away for the US. So, really, we’ll have to shelve that until February/March. How does that impact the ladder? I don’t see any way that Onyewu isn’t on the roster so I’m going to leave him where he has been since I started this project.

Red = moved down; green = moved up; previous position in parentheses.

1. Landon Donovan, M/F

2. Tim Howard, GK

3. Oguchi Onyewu, D

4. Michael Bradley, M

5. Clint Dempsey, M/F

6. Carlos Bocanegra, D

7. Jozy Altidore, F (8)

8. Ricardo Clark, M (10)

9. Benny Feilhaber, M (11)

10. Stuart Holden, M (12)

11. José Francisco Torres, M (16)

12. Conor Casey, F (23)

13. Jonathan Bornstein, D (19)

14. Brad Guzan, GK (15)

15. Kenny Cooper, F (21)

16. Robbie Rogers, M (22)

17. Steve Cherundolo, D (20)

18. Jay DeMerit, D (9)

19. Jimmy Conrad, D (38)

20. Jonathan Spector, D (16)

21. Sacha Kljestan, M (24)

22. Brian Ching, F (14)

23. Clarence Goodson, D (17)

24. Chad Marshall, D (13)

25. Charlie Davies, F (7) *injured, unlikely to play in WC

26. Jermaine Jones, M

27. Luis Robles, GK

28. DaMarcus Beasley, M (25)

29. Heath Pearce, D

30. Maurice Edu, M (31)

31. Marvell Wynne, D (33)

32. Michael Parkhurst, D

33. Sam Cronin, M (35)

34. Kyle Beckerman, M (28)

35. Davy Arnaud, M (36)

36. Danny Califf, D (34)

37. Jay Heaps, D

38. Santino Quarenta, M/F (30)

39. Troy Perkins, GK

40. Freddy Adu, M

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